AB 514, as amended, Bonta. The Safe Schools for Safe Learning Act of 2013.
Existing law establishes the Safe Place to Learn Act and, among other things, requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to post on his or her Internet Web site a list of statewide resources that provide support to youth who have been subjected to school-based discrimination, harassment, or bullying, and their families.
This bill, the Safe Schools for Safe Learning Act of 2013, would require the Superintendent to post on the
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Internet Web site a list of statewide resources for youth who have been affected by gangs, gun violence, and psychological trauma caused by violence at home begin delete and at schoolend delete. The bill would express various findings and declarations of the Legislature relating to school safety.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
This act shall be known as the Safe Schools for
2Safe Learning Act of 2013.
The Legislature finds and declares all of the
5(a) Child safety should be a priority in our state, and we, as the
6state Legislature, should ensure that our children are kept safe from
7any form of violence, especially while children are in school.
8(b) Our children have the talent and capacity for greatness, if
9given the opportunity to thrive and grow in a healthy environment.
10(c) Unfortunately, violence has become a fact of life for many
11pupils in the 18th Assembly District and throughout the state. For
12example, Oakland suffered from 131 homicides in 2012. Many
13children suffer complications from growing up in a violent
14environment, including depression and post-traumatic stress
15disorder, which makes it more difficult to become an engaged and
16productive pupil at school.
17(d) Assembly Member Bonta has asked pupils to submit their
18responses to the question, “What would make you feel safer at
19school?” The Safe Schools for Safe Learning Act of 2013 will be
20based on the winning response to that question.
21(e) We need to create safe and supportive school environments
22where each child is able to thrive. A school is not just a place for
23perfunctory instruction. It is also the place where a child learns
24about humanity, family, and community, free from violence and
Section 234.5 of the Education Code is amended to
The Superintendent shall post, and annually update, on
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13school district a list of statewide resources, including
14community-based organizations, that provide support to youth
15who have been subjected to school-based discrimination,
16harassment, intimidation, or bullying, and their families. The
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18a list of statewide resources for youth who have been affected by
19gangs, gun violence, and psychological trauma caused by violence
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